A Sailor, a Nurse and 'Unconditional Surrender' Sixty years ago, an American sailor walked through New York City's Times Square. He was celebrating Japan's surrender in World War Two. The sailor saw a nurse, and kissed her. A Life magazine photographer caught the scene: the sailor embracing her, the nurse arching back, gracefully lifting one foot like a dancer. Thursday, the nurse, Edith Shain, returned to Times Square for the unveiling of a statue based on the famous photo. It's called "Unconditional Surrender."